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Age goes both ways

Friday, May 18th, 2007

This is a follow-up to my “young but respectable” post earlier this week, when I lamented the fact that everyone feels the need to tell me I look, sound or am young.

I am putting together a package looking at the trend toward multiple valedictorians these days (seriously, half of the schools in my county have a dozen or more this year). As part of the package/graduation preview, I’m doing a profile on one valedictorian at each of the six area high schools.

I started the interviews with the students yesterday afternoon. The last interview was approaching the end of the school day and there wasn’t anywhere around the office to do the interview, so I offered to the secretary that we could go sit in the hall and do it. I joked that I’m still young enough to do that, and the kid laughed.

Later, the kid told me he goes by “DK, like Donkey Kong.” And I commented that, “I used to love playing Donkey Kong, but only the original on the super nintendo.” And he commented, “Oh, you are young.”

And then, I wanted to ring his neck. Of course I’m young. I’m only three years older than you are.

So, I guess it goes both ways and depends on what perspective you’re looking at it from. Sometimes being young is a good thing. And though not every adult I come across will look at me as a professional adult, I forgot how much kids just lump all adults into the category of “old.”